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App News: Onitama Arrives on Mobile and Scythe Releases on Steam

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Onitama Now Available on Mobile
While Asmodee Digital is often in the news, today marks an especially good day if you're a fan of the little publisher that could. First off, we have the game I like to call "7 Wonders part 2" due to its lengthy beta phase and not-quite-as-long day count in the comments. That game is Onitama and it's out right now for iOS and Android.

Here's the blurb:

Asmodee Digital wrote:
Immerse yourself in an ancient Japanese setting and discover Onitama, an exciting, fast-paced strategy game! Onitama is somewhat reminiscent of chess and rather addictive with its dynamic game mechanic in which warriors face off so their master may win the game. Concentration and luck are the only weapons you'll have at your disposal! You'll need to fully master mind and body to defeat your opponents.

THINK STRATEGY!
Every opponent has four warriors and one elder at their disposal. The objective is simple: win the battle. To do so, you must either capture your opponent's elder or take their place in the temple arch. The game is easy to play, but you'll need time to become a true master. Although, not really... Onitama is the ideal strategy game for exercising your mind, as you'll have to think ahead about moves! The moves you're allowed to make are determined by five cards which are drawn at random, shown face-up, and shared between players. Each card corresponds to an animal and sets out a specific move that you have to follow. When you play a card, you must place it between you and your opponent and pick up the previously played card, and so on. This way, both players have the exact same chance of winning the game.

IT'S ALL ABOUT ANALYSIS…
The key to success in this simple, elegant type of combat is to stay calm and concentrate. The Shrine of Onitama is a sacred ground where foresight is necessary. Animal spirits will guide you on the perilous path and allow you to gain true wisdom. In short, it's an elegant and simple game that captures the essence of martial arts. The game design and calligraphy will make your gaming experience a unique and unforgettable one.

PLAY ON YOUR OWN OR WITH OTHERS
Play against the computer on your own, or against your friends. Fight duels on the same device using pass and play mode. Bored of beating your friends? Connect your Asmodee account and face the best players in the world online! You can also customize your game with new boards, pieces, and music, or get a pack of 16 additional cards by purchasing extensions.

FEATURES:
-Full game
-Solo (several difficulty levels vs artificial intelligence)
-Pass and play (unlock by connecting Asmodee account)
-Online mode
-Sensei's Path extension (20 new cards)
-Customize boards with new music (medieval and science fiction)

The game is free to download and play with IAP to unlock the Sensei's Path expansion as well as other themed skins for the game. Links to the game below:

- Onitama for iOS Universal, free
- Onitama for Android, free




Scythe Digital Edition Leaves Early Access, Now Available for PC/Mac
The digital version of Scythe is probably the most anticipated game to be coming from Asmodee this year behind only Terraforming Mars. If you've been waiting for the Stonemaier Games' epic tale of mechs and serfs to arrive on your laptop, you need not wait any longer. Today Scythe left Early Access and entered full release for PC/Mac.

Asmodee wrote:
Be the hero of one of the five factions – Saxony Empire, Crimean Khanate, Rusviet Union, Polania Republic or Nordic Kingdom – and become the richest and most powerful nation in all of Europa during these dark times! To assure the victory of your people, you will need to explore and conquer new territories, enlist new recruits and deploy your forces by building formidable and terrifying combat Mechs. Replay history in a fictional past full of mechanical engines and technology, where each choice you make will be critical. Choose your battles with care, because in Scythe, victory is achieved with and for the people!

Gameplay:

Asymmetry: every player starts the game with different resources (energy, coins, keen combat sense, popularity…), a different starting location and a secret objective. The starting positions are specifically set to contribute to the uniqueness of every faction and the asymmetrical nature of the game.
Strategy: Scythe offers players almost complete control over their fate. The only elements of chance apart from each player's individual secrete objective card are the Encounter cards, which players draw to interact with the citizens of newly explored lands. Combat is also handled by way of choice; no luck or chance is involved.
Engine Building:
Players can improve their construction abilities to become more efficient, build structures that improve their position on the map, enlist new recruits into their faction, activate mechs to dissuade opponents from invading and expand their borders to reap greater types and quantities of resources. This aspect creates a feeling of energy and progression over the course of the entire game. The order in which players get to develop their economy and technologies adds to the unique feel of every game, even when playing as the same faction several times.

Features:
-Official adaptation of the award-winning board game
-4X strategy game (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit and eXterminate)
-Customize the mat to sharpen your strategy
-Choose a specialty for unique games: Agriculturalist, Industrialist, Engineer, Patriot or Mechanic.
-Fight against two levels of AI and/or your friends in hotseat.
-Check out artistic genius Jakub Rozalski's retro-futuristic illustrations!

Scythe is currently available on Steam for PC/Mac and runs $20. I asked if a mobile version was still in the works and was given a stern "no comment". Read into that what you will.

- Scythe Digital Edition for PC/Mac via Steam, $20

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